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Dawn Stacey M.Ed, LMHC

URGE President Obama - NO Limits on Access to Contraception

By November 30, 2011

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Okay all, I know that I have brought this up before, but this is SUPER, VERY important and could affect A LOT OF YOU - so listen up. Right now, due to pressure from anti-family planning groups, President Obama is presently considering whether or not to significantly expand a refusal clause that would allow for even more religious employers to opt out of providing access to birth control coverage to their workers.

Even though the Department of Health and Human Services, back in August announced the requirement of all new private health insurance policies to cover, without out-of-pocket costs, all FDA-approved birth control options along with other preventative services for women.

The catch (yeah, I knew it sounded too good to be true), there is a clause in this requirement allowing religious employers to be exempt (UGH!) and thus potentially leaving thousands of women out in the cold with no (or very costly) contraception. But YOU can change ALL OF THIS...

It is my strong hope that our President is a man of his word. During his campaign, he was very clear in where he stood on these issues, stating:

"I support legislation to expand access to contraception, health information, and preventative services to help reduce unintended pregnancies. That is why I co-sponsored the Prevention First Act of 2007, which will increase funding for family planning and comprehensive sex education that teaches both abstinence and safe sex methods. It will also end insurance discrimination against contraception, improve awareness about emergency contraception, and provide compassionate assistance to rape victims."

Well President Obama... it is now time to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. After all, is't it only fair to assume that the President and First Lady practice some form of birth control given the length of their marriage and the well-spaced out timing between their two children. Family planning has been a part of their marriage, and hopefully their daughters will have access to contraception when they are ready. It is only fair that the US people have the same liberties with birth control access that the President (a governmental worker) has.

So, my loyal readers, I am asking you to URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA to protect women's access to birth control. The Following groups have dedicated pages that will make it super simple for you to take action on this critical issue:

  • NCJW: Tell President Obama: No Limits on Access to Birth Control
  • Catholics for Choice: Call the White House: Tell the Obama Administration to Stand Strong With Women
  • National Women's Law Center: Tell President Obama All Women Need Affordable Birth Control
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America: URGENT: Anti-choice groups and their allies in Congress want to eliminate birth control coverage. Stop them. Ask the president to stand strong.
  • Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health: Call President Obama Now!
  • Feminist Majority Foundation: Tell the Catholic Bishops NO! Women need no-copay birth control!
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America: White House: Support No-Cost Birth Control for All Women
  • Additionally - post this "Call to Action Blog" on your Facebook and Twitter pages and pleaseEMAIL THIS BLOG to anyone you know who cares about the future of their contraceptive access!

    Finally, for a more in-depth discussion on this "clause" and how it will affect 99% of women, I invite you to read Jodi Jacobson's, Editor-in-Chief, RH Reality Check commentary: Obama and the Bishops: Is the White House Caving on Birth Control Coverage?

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